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February 22, 2023


There is still space available for Master Gardener Gail Di Domenico's February 28th talk about Avoiding Garden Bloopers and for Jim Charlier's March 28th fascinating talk on Buffalo Style Gardens. Click the links to register for these virtual programs.


Saturday, March 4 - 9:00 am

In person and via Zoom

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County are teaming up again to present their Annual Community Garden Conference for the 13th year in a row. This year we are very excited to have Dr. William Woys Weaver as the keynote speaker. We also have an impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field. They will cover topics relevant to not just community gardeners but backyard vegetable gardeners as well as garden managers and those trying to establish a new community garden.

Logo image for Community Garden Conference sponsored by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Topics for this year's Conference are:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. William Woys Weaver: The Roughwood Center for Heritage Seedways: Seed to Table - the Future of Regional Cuisine. Dr. Weaver will explain what they do at the Roughwood Center, the history of the seed collection and how they are devoting their energies to promote regional foods and foodways as an alternative and safer way to feed ourselves in the future. The lecture will be illustrated with heirloom plants and food preparations reflecting this underlying philosophy.
  • Peter Nitzsche, Morris County Agricultural and Natural Resource Agent, Rutgers Vegetable Expert and Conference Co-Sponsor, will discuss the findings from the season-long community garden demonstration plot trials on tomatoes bred to be resistant to Septoria Leaf Spot and using Bacillus thuringiensis to manage squash vine borer in zucchini.
  • Rebecca Magron, Horticulturist from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County presents her excellent talk on Mindful Vegetable Gardening.
  • The Coordinator's Round Table moderated by Ned Gardner, Manager of the Ted Largman Community Garden in Morris Township will discuss Conflict Resolution and is open to all attendees.

This year's Conference will be a hybrid, offered in person at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum or, if you prefer to Zoom in, you'll have that option.

Register for $60 to attend in person without lunch or virtually via Zoom. Pay $75 to attend in person including lunch.

The program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

Click on the photo for more information and to register.


* * * ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT! * * *

Tuesday, March 7

Bus leaves the Arboretum parking lot at 10:30 AM SHARP and returns around 8:30 PM

After two years of being held outdoors, The Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2023. This year's theme is "The Garden Electric", bringing the electrifying presence of today's most dynamic designers of floral arrangements, lush gardens, and landscapes to visitors from around the world.

Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated trip. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstrations in the Gardener's Studio, shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Click on the banner for more information and to register.


Saturday, March 18 - 1:00 PM

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center

Ever wonder how show gardens are created? Susan Cohan, a show garden veteran, will show you how the display gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show are designed and built. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation on what takes place behind the scenes and in preparation for an exhibit at the Show.

Susan Cohan, FAPLD, left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded Susan Cohan Gardens after earning a certificate in Garden Design from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London. Susan, named The Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2021, is the principal and design director of Susan Cohan Gardens, a full-service landscape design studio located in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

From small courtyards to large country estates, the studio is dedicated to the creation of exceptional residential outdoor living spaces and gardens. Susan and her team have created landscape designs for discerning regional and international clients. The finished results are frequently published and have won numerous awards, including the 2022 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold and Silver Trophy for her entry in this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.

Meet the speaker and chat with friends after the program. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Click on the photo of Susan's Award Winning Garden for more information and to register.

Wave Hill Gardens Sandy Schaller


The Care and Feeding of the Alpine Collection at Wave Hill

Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center

The Watnong Chapter of NARGS will present a lecture by Sandy Schaller, the horticulturist who manages the alpine collection at Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, New York.

The program is free and open to the public.


Chilly, damp and raw conditions made for a quick walk around the grounds. Even so, the lovely, sunny yellow Hamamelis x intermedia Sunburst (Witch Hazel) was a welcome sight, living up to its name by providing a bright spot next to Matilda's Cottage; a close-up of the flowers shows their unusual strappy petals. The shiny, leathery evergreen leaves of Magnolia grandiflora cv. Edith Bogue (Southern Magnolia cultivar) with their indumentum covered undersides provide a nice foil for the cone-like Magnolia fruit.

Magnolia Grandiflora Fruit Magnolia Grandiflora Leaves
Witch Hazel Sunburst Witch Hazel Sunburst Flowers

Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


Several of our previously recorded events are available to watch on-line.

See our Prerecorded Events page for more information and to register.

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Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Post Office Box 2267
Morristown, NJ 07962

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The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a facility of
the Morris County Park Commission
  • Frelinghuysen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta grounds are open 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk
  • The Haggerty Education Center is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Parking is limited. Other buildings remain closed. Portajohns are available.
  • HUNTING IN THE PARKS - See the Morris County Park Commission website.